Happy hour. It's an incredible institution and, like brunch, seems to take on a life of its own in Dubai. Around the world, you're more likely to get a raised eyebrow from a surly bartender than you are a mixed drink when you ask what today's happy hour is, but in Dubai it's something different. It's something unique, and it's something to be treasured.
To aid your happy hour quest, we've rounded up the best happy hours around town, so rejoice in these mighty offers. We'll be adding to this list regularly, so keep checking back for the latest offers.
At this creekside spot at Al Seef, the Meraas destination in old Dubai, you’ll get 50 percent off drinks from 4pm until 8pm. Enjoy drinks out on the terrace, or in the busy bar area where there’s frequently live music or party going on. Already affordable drinks are made decidedly cheaper, and in gorgeous surroundings.
Daily 4pm-8pm. Al Seef, Bur Dubai (058 896 1961).
A seven-hour happy hour is hitting Club Vista Mare on the Palm, where this Peruvian-Japanese restaurant and bar slashes its prices from noon until 7pm every single day. Get various drinks including grape, hops and mixed drinks starting from Dhs25.
Daily noon-7pm. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 552 0244).
Head to this swanky rooftop spot at Jumeirah Al Naseem and you’ll get 25 percent off drinks and food every night from 5pm until 8pm. It’s cosy and romantic, and with stunning views of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah makes for a great date night.
Daily 5pm-8pm. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
If you’re in the mood for a light bite, a bit of a drink and some Latin flair, then look no further than this lively bar in Jebel Ali. Not only does it serve up a huge selection of tapas and other dishes, but you can get selected drinks or bites to eat for Dhs25 every day from 4pm until 8pm. There’s also live music on regularly for a real fiesta vibe.
Daily 4pm-8pm. Jebel Ali Village, Jebel Ali (04 488 3771).
Visit this cosy chalet-themed bar above Ski Dubai and you’ll be treated to twice nightly happy hours. Don’t miss the fondue to go with your cut-price drinks, either.
Daily 4pm-7pm, 10pm-midnight. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 2575).
Beau Rivage Bar
A new arrival on the Business Bay scene, this swanky bar on Marasi Drive on the southern side of the creek offers up a daily happy hour serving draught hops for Dhs32, and select grape and mixed drinks for Dhs25 every day of the week from 5pm until 8pm. One to get on your list.
Daily 5pm-8pm. Grand Millennium Business Bay (04 873 3334).
Located in DIFC, this bar and restaurant designed for Dubai’s proper carnivores offers up house drinks, hops and grape for as little as Dhs28. If you fancy a slightly more extravagant drink with which to end your week, a range of specially selected mixed drinks are available for Dhs35, alongside the regular happy hour offer, from 4pm until 8pm every day.
Daily 4pm-8pm. Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC (04 352 2223).
One of 2017's hottest imports, this New York-based burger bar offers up cracking discounts every day of the week. Head to Jumeirah Al Naseem for buy one, get one free discounts on craft hops (including gluten-free), red and white grape plus mixed drinks every day from 5pm until 8pm.
Daily 5pm-8pm. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 422 9904).
Black Tap JBR
The sister restaurant to Jumeirah Al Naseem's effortlessly trendy New York burger joint is one of the city's top hangouts for a craft hops. You can get two-for-one on some selected craft hops (including gluten-free), as well as red and white grape plus mixed drinks every day from 5pm until 8pm.
Daily 5pm-8pm. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 399 9076).
This absolutely charming grape bar in DIFC has a brilliant aperitivo-meets-happy hour deal every day (including weekends). Head over from 4.30pm until 7.30pm and you can get house drinks for Dhs30, and some premium bubbly for Dhs85. You’ll also be able to try a range of tapas from the dedicated aperitivo taster menu.
Daily 4.30pm-7.30pm. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 323 1833).
Brunswick Eatery, Bar, Terrace
Now this is a novel happy hour that we think is utterly brilliant. 10,000 fils (that’s Dhs100), 10,000 seconds (that’s 2 hours and 47 minutes) and you’ll get four bottles of hops, mixed drinks or glasses of grape, plus five bao buns, for a bit of a weird twist that’s worth checking out.
Dhs100. Daily 5pm-7.47pm. Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Al Barsha (056 404 0685).
Breeze Beach Grill
Coastal views, a supremely chilled- out vibe and one of those beach bars that just makes you feel like you’re on your holibobs. Chuck in a daily deal offering five hops for Dhs140, or a bottle of grape for the same, plus two-for-one mixed drinks and you’re on to a winner.
Daily 4pm-7pm. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 568 3000).
Working in Media City? Make a break from the office on time and get buy one, get on free on drinks every evening from 6pm until 8pm at this casual spot.
Daily 6pm-8pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
A charming French bistro and bar that serves up a whole bunch of different drinks during its daily happy hour from 4pm until 8pm. Head to JLT where you can get bottles of grape forDhs99, pints for Dhs32 and mixed drinks for Dhs27. You can also tuck into a range of canapés too including steak tartare and mini burgers. There’s also a late happy hour every day except Wednesday, when there’s 50 percent off the bar menu from 11pm-2am.
Daily 4pm-8pm, Thu-Tue 11pm-2am. Cluster A, JLT (04 514 9339).
This bar has industrial-style décor inside with sofas and stunning views out over Dubai Marina from its Pier 7 perch. Get selected drinks for Dhs27 from 5pm until 8pm every day, and pints for Dhs33. Then you can watch the world go by, gawking out at vistas. It also gets heaving on its Tuesday ladies’ night.
Daily 5pm-8pm. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 361 8129).
Every Thursday from 5pm until 8pm you’ll be able to chill out by the pool at this swanky club in Dubai Media City. You can get your hands on give bottles of hops as well as two tapas dishes for Dhs195.
Dhs195. Thu 5pm-8pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (052 646 1764).
A charming Scottish pub where British gastropub grub, a free pool table and plenty of screens go hand-in-hand with a daily happy hour offering two-for-one on select drinks from 5pm until 8pm.
Daily 5pm-8pm. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, JBR (052 917 5512).
Eve Penthouse and Lounge
This new spot on Dubai Creek offers up a 50 percent discount on select house drinks from 4.30pm until 7pm every day. Head to this swanky rooftop bar with views out over the Creek and Downtown Dubai at the Hyatt Regency, Dubai Creek Heights, where you can also get food platters for Dhs89.
Daily 4.30pm-7pm. Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, Deira (04 553 1214).
This Brazilian steakhouse on the Palm is offering two two-hour happy hours every single day, firstly from 5pm until 7pm, and then again from 11pm until 1am for a bit of late-night happy hour action. Get a 50 percent discount on bar snacks and selected drinks.
Daily 5pm-7pm, 11pm-1am. Fairmont the Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).
garden on 8
This cracking sports bar in Dubai Media City has a daily happy hour that coincides perfectly with the weekend’s football action. From 4pm until 8pm you can get your hands on two for one drinks. There are tonnes of screens, decent pub grub, and a sprawling terrace that has decent views of the imposing Dubai Marina skyline and out towards JLT.
Daily 4pm-8pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
George & Dragon
Happy hour runs noon to 7pm every day at this old-school Bur Dubai pub, with bottles of hops starting at a bargainous Dhs20 and short measures for just Dhs19.
Daily noon-7pm. Ambassador Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 393 9444).
A truly lovely garden-themed bar with lots of wood decking, low-slung sofas and a generally homely vibe. There’s frequently live music, and a frankly enormous screen. Get drinks from Dhs26 to Dhs32 on a daily basis, firstly from 4pm until 9pm, and then again from midnight until 1am.
Daily 4pm-1am, midnight-1am. JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR (04 814 5590).
Girders Sports Bar
Downstairs from the cracking Girders Garden, this industrial-style sports bar regularly serves up live music, to go alongside tonnes of screens so you can be sure to catch kick off. Get drinks from Dhs26 to Dhs32 on a daily basis, firstly from 4pm until 9pm, and then again from midnight until 1am.
Daily 4pm-1am, midnight-1am. JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR (04 814 5590).
Hoxton Bar & Urban Eatery
The reborn bar made from the metaphorical ashes of Axe House, Hoxton has one banger of a happy hour. From 4pm until 8pm every day you can get your hands on pints and grape from Dhs23 and mixed drinks from Dhs20.
Daily 4pm-8pm. Armada BlueBay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT (04 395 8888).
The Best Live Music Venue of 2018 (officially), Jazz@PizzaExpress has a daily happy hour to go alongside its daily line-up of fantastic musicians. Head along to one of JLT's most popular hangouts where you can get mixed drinks and draught hops for Dhs30, plus bottled hops, grape and short measures for Dhs25.
Daily 4pm-8pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).
If it's elegance you're after, then mosey your way on over to Palazzo Versace's La Vita bar, which offers a daily happy hour of two-for-one on selected drinks from 5pm until 8pm. There's also the cellar-meets-fridge where you can take a seat and enjoy some carefully curated grape.
Daily 5pm-8pm. Palazzo Versace Dubai, Al Jaddaf (04 556 8820).
If you’re working in DIFC, make your way after hours to this French-Italian restaurant, where every drink you buy will give you access to a display of cheeses, cured meats, olives, roasted aubergines, marinated courgette and more, all displayed proudly upon a grand piano. How very classy.
Tue-Thu, 6pm-10pm. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, DIFC (04 372 2323).
Le Petit Belge
It’s one of the top bars in JLT, and has a brilliant happy hour offering 30 percent off practically every drink in the place. The new happy hour deal now includes premium draught hops and apples, as well as premium short drinks, grape and more.
Daily 4pm-8pm. Pullman Jumeirah Lakes Towers Hotel & Residences, Cluster T,JLT (04 242 7794).
An absolutely top bar on the city’s nightlife scene, this Mexican restaurant and bar is a cracking place to get some guac and chips, and settle on down with a few drinks in the evening. Get 20 percent off selected drinks from 5pm until 8pm
every day at this seaside spot.
Daily 5pm-8pm. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 346 1111).
Tourist alert: an infinity pool (at sunset), with views of the Burj Khalifa, is there anything more quintessentially Dubai? Get holiday vibes with a daily happy hour at City Walk’s La Ville Hotel & Suites, where you can get a range of mixed drinks and grape for Dhs30.
Daily 4pm-7pm. La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk, Al Safa Street (054 309 5948).
A fantastic happy hour befitting this truly epic, fun-loving behemoth of a karaoke bar that’s simply one of the liveliest nights out in town. Get two-for-one on selected drinks if you’re after a refreshment, and also on pizzas (with special deals for karaoke booths too).
Daily 5pm-8pm. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (800 58259).
Luna Sky Bar
This swanky DIFC spot has a gorgeous outdoor terrace, and a deal that sits somewhere between happy hour and aperitivo. Daily from 5pm to 8pm you can get a mixed drink, grape or hops for Dhs40, as well as a range of complimentary antipasti and nibbles. We’re talking olives, tapenade, dips, breads, bressaola and more.
Daily 5pm-8pm. Four Seasons Hotel, DIFC (04 506 0300).
If, instead of heading to a pumping bar or swanky beach club for happy hour, you’d prefer to kick back in slightly more elegant surroundings then this afternoon tea spot on the Palm where you can get three selected mixed drinks for Dhs105 every day from 5pm until 8pm.
Daily 5pm-8pm. Fairmont the Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).
Head to the JBR incarnation of this top quality Irish haunt. Every day of the week you’ll be able to get beverages from Dhs25, from 4pm until 8pm and until 9pm on Thursdays – to help you see in the weekend right. A DJ will be on the decks from 6pm every Friday, and a live band will be hitting the stage from 8pm every Thursday.
From Dhs25. Fri-Wed 4pm-8pm, Thu 4pm-9pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 318 2580).
Moombai & Co.
There are not one but two whole happy hours at this chic Indian café and restaurant, every single day. From 5pm until 8pm you can grab selected drinks and hops for Dhs30, and mixed drinks for Dhs25, while later into the evening you can get buy one, get one free on house drinks from 11pm until 1am.
Daily 5pm-8pm, 11pm-1am. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 507 8607).
This Japanese bar serves up a special deal every day. You’ll get two drinks (including inventive mixed drinks and sparkling grape) plus a snack for Dhs89, accompanied by Burj Khalifa views. We recommend the signature mini tuna pizzas.
Daily 6pm-8pm. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, Business Bay (04 512 5577).
This superb bar at Address Downtown has a daily happy hour as good as the stunning views of the Burj Khalifa. Nothing is safe at this bar because every food and drink item on the menu is available for 50 percent off from 5pm until 8pm, so go grab a drink and oggle out the window from the 63rd floor.
Daily 5pm-8pm. Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Nola Social House & Eatery
Fancy some post-work jazz vibes? You’ll find them every day of the week at this New Orleans-inspired hangout in JLT, and you’ll also get your hands on half price drinks from 5pm until 8pm. It’s a charming haunt well worthy of a visit, and this place can kick off when it’s quitting time at the end of the week.
Daily 5pm-8pm. Armada BlueBay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT (04 399 8155).
Perry & Blackwelders
This funky American smokehouse in Souk Madinat Jumeirah dishes up a daily happy hour with 180 minutes of discounted drinks. From 5pm until 8pm you can get selected house drinks for as little as Dhs30. Every Wednesday you can also get unlimited chicken wings for Dhs99, as well as a pitcher of hops for Dhs99, too.
Daily 5pm-8pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6197).
Pierre's Bistro & Bar
A daily happy hour that will make a fitting end to your shopping spree around Dubai Festival City Mall, particularly if you've been pounding the aisles of Ikea all afternoon and need a bit of R&R after figuring out whether you want the Hurgenblürg bar stool or the Flaägel egg chair (not real products). Get 50 percent off drinks every day of the week from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.
Daily 6.30pm-8pm. Intercontinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
One of the city's top music venues (and the sister restaurant to our Best Live Music Venues in 2018) has a daily happy hour that will keep you as entertained as the music, which you'll find live daily from Tuesday through until Friday. Get mixed drinks and draught hops for Dhs30, and bottled hops, grape and short measures for Dhs25 every day from 4pm until 8pm.
Daily 4pm-8pm. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai Business Bay (04 566 5722).
Player Sports Bar & Terrace
Having relocated within the Sofitel Dubai Downtown, this stylish sports bar is offering a daily happy hour that is serving up some of the most affordable pints around. From 4pm until 8pm (don’t miss last order at 7.45pm), you can get selected hops, house grape or mixed drinks for Dhs23. As well as pool, a Playstation, table football and the latest kick off, you can’t go wrong.
Daily 4pm-8pm. Sofitel Downtown Dubai (04 503 6111).
Lofty views, swanky décor, tonnes of pool tables and a daily happy hour running from 5pm to 8pm, serving up two-for-one on not only drinks, but also on games of pool, too. We can’t think of many better ways of seeing out a long day in the office. The happy hour even runs at weekends so you can make the most of your Friday or Saturday evening.
Daily 5pm-8pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 443 5403).
RAS Beach Vibes
The latest arrival at Club Vista Mare offers up super prices on a range of drinks, all day, every day. Head to this Caribbean-themed bar on the Palm where Dhs99 will get a bottle of grape, or draught hops for Dhs30, five bottles for Dhs150, three for Dhs99, or two mixed drinks for just Dhs60.
Daily noon-midnight. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 554 2665).
Reform Social & Grill
One of the busiest pubs in the city, Reform’s new happy runs seven hours a day, every day from noon until 7pm. Select drinks are available for Dhs33, and a range of specials on bottles of grape are available. We’d also recommend trying the classic Brit grub.
Daily noon-7pm. The Lakes Club, The Lakes, Emirates Living (04 454 2638).
RIVA Beach Club
If you’re after beach vibes, a cooling pool and a tiki hut-style outdoor bar, look no further. Make the most of the daily happy hour offer, with selected drinks available for as little as Dhs28. The views come included.
Daily 4pm-8pm. Shoreline 8, Palm Jumeirah (04 430 9466).
Head to Rosso every day, because this charming little Italian eatery is serving up some brilliant discounts on a range of its drinks. From 12.30pm until 9pm from Saturday to Thursday, and from 4pm until 9pm on Friday, visit JBR for a whole host of different drinks for just Dhs22.
Sat-Thu 12.30pm-9pm, Fri 4pm-9pm. Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 428 2000).
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
This classy steakhouse and bar in Dubai Marina gives you a four-hour window every day to grab some discounted drinks and nibbles. Pop along from 4pm until 8pm, where you can get glasses of grape or mixed drinks from Dhs35, with selected dishes also available for Dhs50. Perfect for an aperitivo.
Daily 4pm-8pm. Address Dubai Marina (04 454 9538).
Segreto Restaurant and Bar
This charming Italian restaurant found at Souk Madinat Jumeirah runs a whopping-great five-hour happy hour every single day of the week. That’s 300 minutes every day, where you can get three selected beverages and a bar snack for just Dhs95.
Daily 3pm-8pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
This ultra-swanky, yet totally casual, rooftop bar at W Dubai – The Palm, has a daily happy hour that offers up some superb sundowners from one of the city’s most spectacular vantage points. Every day from 4pm until 7pm you can get two-for-one on a range of mixed and house drinks.
Daily 4pm-7pm. W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 245 5555).
Dubai’s newest nightlife sensation has launched a daily happy hour, giving you an excuse to head out for some midweek sundowners at one of the city’s most stylish bars. Every day from 5pm until 8pm, you can get a range of discounts on a happy hour menu, as well as half-price mixed drinks at this open-air venue.
Daily 7pm-8pm. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (056 822 2559).
Stars ’N’ Bars
A 160-inch HD screen stands proudly in the centre of this super-happening La Mer bar. Pour-your-own-pints plus live music and sport throughout the week. Head to Stars ’N’ Bars every day between 5pm and 8pm, where you can get hold of two beverages for Dhs50, as well as an appetiser sampler platter for the same price.
Daily 5pm-8pm. La Mer North, Jumeirah 1 (04 349 9903).
Enjoy your happy hour drinks accompanied by the sound of clattering pins and the chuntering of rubbish bowlers, since this classy sports bar is home to the world’s highest bowling alley. Pretty cool, huh? Well, so’s 50 percent off house drinks every day from 4pm until 8pm, so head on over and catch some footy on a Saturday afternoon.
Daily 4pm-8pm. Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City (054 581 1758).
The Balcony Bar
Buy one, get one free drinks are the order of the day at this long-standing, classy bar that calls itself “the perfect venue for chilling out completely”. The deal runs from 6pm until 8pm during the week, then until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Sun-Thu 6pm-8pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-10pm. Shangri-La Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
This chilled-out, funky terrace bar in Business Bay is serving up two-for-one on selected short beverages and mixed drinks, draft hops for Dhs35 every day from 4pm until 7pm (and 9pm on Thursday). You can also get two house beverages and shisha for Dhs99 daily from 4pm until 7pm.
Fri-Wed 4pm-7pm, Thu 4pm-9pm. Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay (04 369 0000).
Head to this beautifully crafted Irish pub, with all the nooks and crannies, and you shall be rewarded with a daily happy hour that offers selected hops for just Dhs29 everyday from noon until 9pm.
Daily noon-9pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2455).
The Tap House
Head to the Palm Jumeirah for a daily sundowners happy hour that’ll have you relaxing with views out to sea in no time. Every day from 4pm until 7pm you can get two-for-one on selected house drinks – and there’s live sport on at the weekends so why not coincide your visit?
Daily 4pm-7pm. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 514 3778).
The Social Room
This is an absolutely cracking European/British restaurant and bar that offers an equally cracking happy hour. From 6pm until 8pm every day you can get 50 percent off hops, grape and short measures, but it's the novel mixed drinks you should try, and we recommend trying them out in the social garden overlooking the Marina. We'd also recommend trying the amazing sourdough pizzas, which also happen to sit on the happy hour menu.
Daily 6pm-8pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6705).
It’s a daily happy hour for you to enjoy whenever you’d like at our Best Sports Bar 2018, but Sundays at this British-themed bar are all about the footy. Get selected beverages from Dhs30, and set up camp in front of the telly for the afternoon’s Premier League action. There’s also some top-notch Brit grub on the menu that we suggest you get your hands on, too.
Daily 4pm-8pm. . Habtoor Grand Resort – Autograph Collection, JBR (04 399 5000).
Every day you can head to this super funky Jamaican street food bar and restaurant for Appi Hour, where there are select mixed drinks, grape or hops available for just Dhs30, as well as a range of signature dishes including the Jamaican beef patties, “Butta Corn” and a whole lot more. This place is a real cracker worth checking out.
Dhs30. Daily 5pm-8pm. Souk Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai (04 557 5601).
It’s not so much a happy hour at this funky sports bar in JLT, as it is a happy day. All day everyday, you can head to ubk next door to
Jazz@PizzaExpress, and get your hands on selected drinks for just Dhs28, which makes it one of the cheapest pints you’ll find around town. There are also tonnes of screens for sport and some pool tables if you can’t sit still.
Daily noon-3am. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, JLT (04 438 0000).
Get your hands on a 50 percent discount on select drinks every day from 5pm until 8pm at this swanky poolside lounge, which also happens to offer private cabanas from which you can watch the city wind down for the night.
Daily 5pm-8pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6669).
When it comes to classy Peruvian-Japanese vibes, this Business Bay eatery is among the best around. Especially when there are early evening drinks on offer for just Dhs25, so visit the bar from 6pm until 8.30pm every day (and try the smoked guacamole).
Daily 6pm-8.30pm. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (04 526 0413).
One of the loftiest bars in Dubai, this Canadian hangout offers a daily happy hour with two hours of two-for-one drinks from 5.30pm until 7.30pm. On Saturday it’s an offer truly worthy of the Great White North, with two-for-one drinks all night long… eh.
Sun-Thu 5.30pm-7.30pm, Sat 5.30pm-3am. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 560 1700).
Some poolside sundowners, a live DJ, a swanky, stylish vibe and two-for-one on all house beverages from 6pm until 9pm every weekday. Head to this cool beachfront location in JBR, get discounted drinks and you can also get 50 percent off shisha flavours too.
Sun-Thu 6pm-9pm. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (052 777 9472).
Head to this beachside hangout for a post-brunch happy hour on the Palm Jumeirah every Friday. From 4pm until 6pm, perfect sundowner timing by the way, you can get mixed drinks and more for Dhs33 per drink.
Fri 4pm-6pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).
If, perhaps, you’ve spent the day brunching your way around the Madinat Jumeirah, the After Brunch Beat happy hour offers two-for-one on premium beverages from 4pm until 7pm. For the other six days of the week, you can get a range of discounts on a variety of drinks at this bar boasting magnificent Burj Al Arab views.
Sat-Thu 4pm-8pm, Fri 4pm-7pm. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 432 3232)
Wholesale Tuesdays at this properly cracking Indian gastropub offer up, wait for it… Dhs10 drinks every week from 7pm until 3am. One more time, with feeling: that’s Dhs10 for a whole bunch of different drinks – including hops, grape and short measures. The deal runs all night, and there’s loads of live music and other shenanigans going on across the bar. You won’t regret heading to this excellently fun-loving bar in Bur Dubai.
Tue 7pm-3am. Majestic Hotel Tower, Mankhool Street, Bur Dubai (04 501 2631).
BARBARY Deli + Cocktail Club
This trendy, New York-style bar welcomes three chipper hours every single day of the working week, and you can get a two-for-one discount on house drinks, selected malt drinks and mixed beverages from 5pm until 8pm. So if you're starting your weekend, Thursday nights at this trendy spot are a cracking way of saving a few dirhams in stylish surroundings.
Sun-Thu 5pm-8pm. TRYP by Wyndham Dubai, Barsha Heights (04 247 6688).
Head to this truly epic beach bar (and one of Dubai’s longest-running at that), where you can get 30 percent off selected drinks throughout the working week, all day through until 9pm.
Sun-Thu 10am-9pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 318 1313).
The Palm is home to some cracking bars, not least this airy, industrial sports bar that dishes up a daily happy hour offering selected hops and grape for Dhs27.
Wed-Sun 4pm-7pm, Mon-Tue 4pm-8pm. Palm Views East, Palm Jumeirah (04 552 4000).
Belgian Café Dubai Festival City
If you're looking for a watering hole around Dubai Festival City, then make your way post haste to this branch of the Belgian bar found across Dubai. From Saturday to Wednesday each week you'll be able to get 50 percent off selected drinks between 6pm and 7pm.
Sat-Wed 6pm-7pm. Dubai Festival City Mall (04 701 1127).
Carnival by Trèsind
DIFC workers will want to flock en masse to the quirkier younger sister restaurant of Time Out Dubai’s Best Indian Restaurant of 2018 (Trèsind). From Sunday to Thursday, 6pm until 8pm, you can get drinks from Dhs25 in the bar area (that includes mixed drinks, hops and grape), and the first drinks is free.
Sun-Thu 6pm-8pm. Burj Daman, DIFC (04 421 8665).
After a long day working in DIFC, make a beeline to this fun-loving bar and restaurant that’s dishing up a range of drinks for just Dhs20 plus a whole host of light bites to boot.
Sun-Thu 5pm-8pm. Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC (04 564 5525).
Fogo De Chão
Because why wouldn't you want to get your hands on a whole bunch of Brazilian meats and bites, with what is effectively a 50 percent discount? Get two-for-one on select bites, as well as on selected beverages from Sunday to Thursday until 7pm. There's also a selection of platters available for Dhs89 per person.
Sun-Thu 4pm-7pm. Central Park Towers, DIFC (04 343 8867).
This cool mixed drinks bar offers up three juniper mixed drinks for Dhs99, including your choice of tonic and garnish too. There's also a 50 percent discount available on selected drinks as part of the happy hour, which runs from Sunday to Thursday from 5pm to 8pm.
Sun-Thu 5pm-8pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6669).
On the shores of the Arabian Gulf, at Club Vista Mare, alongside staples like The Tap House, Breeze and RAS Beach Vibes, you’ll find a midweek happy hour at Lebanese seafood restaurant Ibn AlBahr where from 4pm until 7pm you can get two-for-one on all drinks.
Sun-Thu 4pm-7pm. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 533 9575).
Views of the Burj Khalifa, buy one, get one free drinks from 6pm until 8pm, plus some funky tunes being spun out from the bar’s resident DJs.
A top spot for a bit of preekend action.
Sun-Wed 6pm-8pm. Shangri-La Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
Kim’s Singapore Seafood
Found in the Creekside district of Al Seef (at which we heavily recommend checking out the Museum of Illusions), you can head to this quirky Asian street-eatery, which runs its own happy hour every day giving you a chance to save plenty of cash. From 5pm until 8pm, head over and get your hands on two-for-one mixed drinks and bottled hops, then park up on the terrace and ogle at some stunning views of Dubai Creek.
Daily 5pm-8pm. Al Seef, Bur Dubai (04 526 0481).
This Francophillic restaurant and bar in Dubai Marina is offering up a mid-week happy hour to savour. Head over any day between Sunday and Thursday, and get your hands on two-for-one on selected drinks.
Sun-Thu 5pm-8pm. Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina (04 449 8051).
Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR - The Walk
Our current Bar of the Year winner, and sister outlet to the Barsha Heights original, this frankly massive bar serves up one frankly massive happy hour every day. Enjoy buy one, get one free discounts on house drinks every day of the week from 4pm until 8pm, except on Saturday and Sunday when the happiness starts two hours earlier, at 2pm.
Sat-Sun 2pm-8pm, Mon-Fri 4pm-8pm. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 392 7120).
One of the longest bars in Dubai has a suitably long happy hour, which runs daily from noon until 8pm, except for Mondays when it runs until midnight. On Mondays you can get 30 percent off select drinks, while Mondays offer drinks from Dhs25. There's also live music every Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9pm until midnight.
Tue-Sun noon-8pm, Mon noon-midnight. Towers Rotana Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8000).
This funky JLT-based Japanese and pan Asian bar and restaurant has got an equally funky happy hour to match its lively, fun-loving vibes. From Saturday to Thursday between noon and 8pm you can get 50 percent off all house drinks, and two-for-one on a range of speciality drinks, including various mixed drinks. We’d also recommend getting your hands on a plate from the dim sum menu to accompany your drinks. Late-night Fridays can kick off at this spot, too.
Sat-Thu noon-8pm. Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 421 1356).
This Japanese-themed bar (and former winner of our Best Ladies’ Night award at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards), runs Tokyo Hour every Saturday to Tuesday, where you can get two-for-one on selected house beverages from 6pm until 8pm. This place can become heaving, so we’d recommend booking ahead to avoid disappointment.
Sat-Tue 6pm-8pm. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 559 5300).
Now this is a swanky terrace bar with al fresco vibes that, as the sun goes down, has some pretty gorgeous views of the Dubai Water Canal (and all its multi-coloured waterfall glory). With some funky beats and low-slung seating, you can enjoy a daily happy hour offering 50 percent off everything behind the bar and on the menu between 5pm and 9pm.
Daily 5pm-9pm. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (056 775 4777).
The Golden Lion
The Golden Lion sat amid this iconic cruise liner the QE2 has a happy hour to savour everyday except Fridays. Get two-for-one on glasses of hops and grape from 4pm until 8pm, while playing a bit of pool and catching the latest match.
Sat-Thu 4pm-8pm. QE2. Port Rashid, Deira (04 526 8888).
The House Party Bar
Old-school rock nights, retro party vibes, Britney and Backstreet overloads and classic movie posters on the walls to accompany your game of hops pong or dip in the ball pit. That’s exactly what you can expect from this throwback bar, which offers Dhs35 drinks during its six-nights-a-week happy hour (and all night long on a Wednesday).
Mon-Fri 6pm-8pm, Wed 6pm-2am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 995 5400).
The Lion by Nick & Scott
The second Dubai venue from Nick & Scott (the guys who run folly) offers grape for Dhs25 and various hops and mixed drinks for Dhs30 every weekday from 5pm until 8pm. You’ll also find, as you’d expect, some top-quality, sophisticated bar food on the menu, plus a few screens.
Sun-Thu 5pm-8pm. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 359 2366).
Tr!beca Kitchen + Bar
This bar sort of reminds us of student bars across Europe and the US. Dark, warehousey, industrial vibes are coupled with some cracking tunes, New York influences (Tribeca is a district in the Big Apple, btw), a live open-mic night every Sunday and a happy hour from Saturday to Thursday where you can get drinks for Dhs25.
Sat-Thu noon-8pm. JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR (050 345 6067).
This classy sports bar’s offer runs from 5pm to 8pm every weekday, so head along from Sunday to Thursday where you can get your hands on dishes and selected drinks with prices starting from just Dhs32. That’s a perfect way to see out the working day, plus there’s sport on the tube to accompany your pint.
Sun-Thu 5pm-8pm. Ongoing. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
Vista Bar & Terrace
Well, this bar's absolute selling point is its sprawling terrace with cracking views out from Dubai Festival City over towards the Downtown Dubai skyline. And, while gawking, you can get 50 percent off selected drinks from 6pm until 8pm every Thursday through until Sunday.
Thu-Sun 6pm-8pm. Intercontinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo
A mid-afternoon Friday happy hour, which poses a nice alternative option to brunch. Afternoon drinks on the bank of the Creek with two-for-one Italian aperitifs, as well as another two-for-one on selected drinks.
Fri noon-4pm. Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, Deira (04 207 1717).
This longstanding beachside bar at JBR offers two-for-one on selected drinks during the week from 5pm until 8pm.
Sun-Thu 5pm-8pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk, JBR (04 318 2582).